The Importance of Screening for Oral Cancer | Auburn ME Dentist

Early detection is key in the battle against oral cancer, and at Mount Auburn Dental, we prioritize regular screenings to safeguard your oral health. Our Auburn ME dentist is extensively trained in conducting thorough oral cancer screenings as part of your routine dental check-up.

During your screening, we meticulously examine your lips, tongue, gums, mouth, and throat for any signs of abnormalities that could indicate oral cancer. We carefully consider any symptoms you may be experiencing, urging you to promptly report any oral cancer symptoms persisting for more than two weeks without improvement.

Symptoms to watch for include ear pain, non-healing mouth sores, white or red patches in your mouth, unexplained weight loss, lumps or swelling in or around your mouth, persistent sore throat, sensation of something lodged in your throat, and difficulty in swallowing, speaking, or moving your jaw or tongue.

Every hour, one adult American loses their life to oral cancer, making timely screenings imperative. While anyone can develop oral cancer, certain factors heighten the risk, such as genetic predisposition, prolonged sun exposure, poor diet, tobacco use (including smoking and chewing), and excessive alcohol consumption. Oral cancer is also more prevalent in men than women.

Treatment success hinges on factors like cancer size, type, and stage, underscoring the importance of early detection. Oral cancers detected in their early stages boast an impressive 80–90% survival rate, often requiring less invasive treatment options. Conversely, advanced-stage cancers pose greater challenges, having likely spread extensively beyond the oral cavity.

For more information on oral cancer and to schedule an oral cancer screening or comprehensive dental exam, don’t hesitate to reach out to our office. Protect your oral health and well-being by staying proactive with regular screenings and dental care. Contact Mount Auburn Dental today to prioritize your oral health journey.

Mount Auburn Dental
Phone: (207) 782-3971
227 Mount Auburn Ave.
Auburn, ME 04210